My sister has been getting shellac nails done for a while now and I always thought it looked amazing, so last month she took me to get mine done for my birthday. Just the gel polish, I'm not a big fan of acrylic/false nails! (Apologies for the rubbish pictures, I wasn't planning on doing a post about this so never took any good ones with my camera!)
I was super happy with the result of my gel nails, they're so shiny and really strengthen your nails, it was just the removal process that really made me rethink whether I wanted to get them done again. Also, the 'nail regrowth' after about 2 weeks really doesn't look the best...
All in all, it took me around 2 hours to remove the gel nails. I had to alternate between soaking them in nail polish remover and a gel remover oil, I then had to basically scrape the gel polish off and for someone who hates the feeling of even filing my nails, it wasn't the nicest process for me.
The one major upside to having gel nails (other than having perfect looking nails for 2 weeks straight) was none of my nails broke at all! I love having long nails and constantly have to cut them down and grow them out again when one breaks so I think having gel nails really gave them strength whilst I was growing them and now they're at a perfect length! I'm being very careful with them though, as apparently the removal of gel polish takes off the top layer of your actual nail, so I'm very conscious of my nails being weaker now.
I'm still umming and ahing on whether I'd get them done again, but at the moment I miss all the new polishes I got in England in April so I'm actually excited to be able to paint my nails again!
Have you ever had shellac/gel nails or would you like to try it out? Lets have a chat in the comments!